Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

We expect orders from the March 24 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29.
On Monday the court hears oral argument in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton. Ronald Mann has our preview.
On Monday the court also hears oral argument in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. Ronald Mann has our preview.

Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC

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Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
10-553 6th Cir. Oct 5, 2011
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Jan 11, 2012 9-0 Roberts OT 2011
 
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Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell represent The NAACP Legal Defense Fund et al. as amici curiae in support of respondent.

Holding: The Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment bar suits brought on behalf of ministers against their churches, claiming termination in violation of employment discrimi­nation laws. Moreover, because the respondent in this case was a minister within the meaning of the minis­terial exception, the First Amendment requires dismissal of her em­ployment discrimination suit against her religious employer.

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Judgment: Reversed, 9-0, in an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts on January 11, 2012. Justice Thomas filed a concurring opinion. Justice Alito also filed a concurring opinion, which was joined by Justice Kagan.

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Merits Briefs for Petitioner Amicus Briefs Supporting Petitioner Merits Briefs for Respondents Amicus Briefs Supporting Respondent  

Certiorari-stage documents

  • Amicus brief of Christian Reformed Church in North America et al. (unavailable)
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